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The magazine by and for the people who call Lake Norman home

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his will probably be the most unusual letter I’ve ever written, but I feel it’s necessary at press time. We’ve worked hard to put together an issue full of ideas for outdoor living projects while also spotlighting local businesses, events and nonprofits doing great things for our community. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a state of uncertainty with news of a worldwide health risk requiring organizers to cancel events and large gatherings and school systems moving to remote learning. For that reason, there may be things you read about in this issue that have been postponed or moved to a date later on down the road. Please know that we worked as hard as we could to bring you the most up-to-date information, but did have a deadline to meet and worked diligently to get the magazine out for you to enjoy during this time. I encourage you to go through these pages, learn about the stories behind some of these events, businesses and leaders, and find a way to still support them in their work if you feel so called. I’ve thought a lot about

adaptability these past few weeks, or rather the ability to learn from and adjust to new conditions in times of uncertainty. I believe in this magazine and what it stands for. I also believe in the Lake Norman area community and the way it never ceases to amaze me. I’ve seen local businesses I know and love struggle with whether or not to keep their doors open. I’ve witnessed business owners try to come up with creative solutions so that their employees can still get paid. I’ve seen neighborhoods hold food drives so that food pantries and school programs will remain stocked and able to serve the people who depend on them. I’m fortunate that everyone in my household has access to technology that will allow us

Advertising Director to work and learn remotely. I know there are some people who don’t have that same privilege. As I walked outside today in 60-degree weather, with the sun shining down upon me, it occurred to me that we are lucky to be able to walk, run, ride our bicycles and get the things we need to in order to keep our families healthy and safe. Yes, this is something many of us have never experienced before. I personally can’t help but be grateful for a little extra time to reflect and think about all the things I do have right now rather than the things I don’t have (or the places I can’t go). We live in a beautiful community that allows us to breathe in fresh air and play in our backyards. Now is the time to truly appreciate the outdoor living that surrounds us. We have a lake where we can watch the sun rise and the sun set, and many of us have covered porches, outdoor firepits and fireplaces. Let’s take the time to enjoy them.

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Mission Statement: Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine will embody the character, the voice and the spirit of its readers, its leaders and its advertisers. It will connect the people of Lake Norman through inspiring, entertaining and informative content, photography and design; all of which capture the elements of a well-lived life on and around the community known as Lake Norman.

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Contents April vol. 14 No. 4

26 Your Best Life Check out these apps for recipes, hydration and education

28 Thoughts from the Man Cave Janet Connor’s joy of running is contagious

30 Picture Perfect Getting outside on the lake isn’t hard to do

43 Game On Langtree Charter

Academy builds a rugby program for both fun and the future

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Channel Markers

17 Outdoor sculptor Patrick Dougherty builds a natural masterpiece

18 For the Long Run —Creativity has been the key for eeZ Fusion

20 Live Like a Native — Embrace the

outdoors with these spring festivals

21 Party at the Paddock becomes Hinds Feet Farm’s newest fundraiser

22 Check out these Earth Day events in Lake Norman

23 Bet You Didn’t Know — The Under the Lake lesson plans exist for students of all ages

24 Fundraiser honors little girl who made

72 Renee Wants

How we live at the lake


to Know

Where to go on outdoor dates?

33 Navigators

The Lake Norman Hospice Regatta honors those who have passed

a big impression

Lake Spaces

52 Dwellings

LKN homes incorporate the elements into design

Dine + Wine


Create joy in outdoor living spaces.

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

70 On the Circuit What’s happening at Lake Norman this month

About the Cover:

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

62 Wine Time

Local wine festival shows you don’t have to travel far

48 Dwellings

Cornelius home for sale featured on TV show “Selling Mega Mansions”

64 On Tap

Breweries unite for the kids

65 In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Makin’ Waffles

66 Nibbles + Bites

A sweet dream becomes a reality

37 Special Advertising Section: Profiles in Dentistry

58 Ask the Expert: Outdoor Living

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Outdoor sculptor Patrick Dougherty builds a natural masterpiece APRIL 2020


Top: Patrick Dougherty studied sculpture at UNC Chapel Hill. Right: At each of Dougherty’s outdoor work sites, volunteers are invited to join in.


nternationally acclaimed outdoor sculptor Patrick Dougherty is renowned for his monumental-sized, semipermanent structures, created entirely with saplings and sticks. His newest sculpture, entitled “Common Ground,” was completed in front of the Davidson College Library with the help of a smiling tribe of students and local volunteers. Dougherty spent much of his childhood playing in the woods behind his house in Chapel Hill. He and his siblings spent countless hours hunting and gathering and building forts. As a young adult, he began a career in hospital administration but

eventually gave in to his desire to create, enrolling in sculpture classes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Entering the art studio for the first time, he says, was “the best day of my life.” Dougherty served as an artistin-residence at Davidson during the three weeks it took to build the piece. The materials, mostly the offspring of sweet gum and elm, were gathered on campus and on campus-owned property nearby. His process starts with a vision for the piece that he conceives on-site after thoroughly assessing the space just a day before the work

begins. He often sketches it on paper before laying out a footprint. For this piece, he drilled a series of holes to set the foundational branches in, then bent and shaped them into the basic structural form. From there sorted branches are intertwined. The height and scale of the structure is made possible with the aid of scaffolding and sometimes string. In the project’s final phase, those supports are removed. Dougherty travels 12 months out of the year and makes one sculpture every month. He’s built more than 250 pieces in the U.S, Europe, and Asia. At

each new site, locals are invited to pitch in. He views it as “a kind of cultural exchange.” His numerous awards include the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, the North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Japan-U.S. Creative Arts Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Princeton Architectural Press published a book profiling Dougherty and his work in 2009. The piece, completed on campus in February, will remain a part of the campus’s sculpture garden for two years. — By Elizabeth Watson Chaney, Photos by Gayle Shomer Photography


For the Long Run

The 15-Year Evolution of eeZ Fusion Creativity Has Been the Key to Longevity for Birkdale Restaurant

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fter sitting down to chat with eeZ Fusion owner Marcus Hall, it quickly becomes apparent what sets this restaurant apart from others of its kind and has allowed it to survive for 15 years in an industry that’s constantly evolving. eeZ was born in the ashes of another restaurant concept—a franchise operation. Hall and co-owner, Alan Springate, have always made their restaurant experience a guest-centric one, leading with the motto “do whatever it takes to please the guest.” While eeZ is now known

for their extensive sushi menu, sushi wasn’t originally an offering in the restaurant. Neither Hall nor Springate knew anything about sushi, but after having enough guests make the request, they began interviewing local sushi chefs. After some construction, which involved converting an old private dining room into what is now the restaurant’s infamous sushi bar, they were ready to roll out this new concept. Sometimes the right people come into your life at the right time, and it’s obvious that’s how Hall feels about their sushi chef,

Over the past 15 years, the owners and staff of eeZ Fusion have welcomed input from patrons on menu items.

Rifali Almunir. He describes his style as a traditionalist when it comes to sushi, but with a willingness to experiment, embrace unique sushi ideas, and always remain openminded to change—the perfect

combination. The last 15 years have involved many edits to the eeZ menu, all which have stemmed from listening to their clientele and implementing the dishes they’ve asked to see. In addition

Sushi chef Rifali Almunir and head chef Justin Walters.

popularity, of course). The bento box is another evolution that’s a powerhouse in the restaurant, allowing guests to enjoy highquality wok entrees with a custom selection of sushi rolls. Not every idea has been a success. “You throw stuff against the wall, sometimes it

sticks, sometimes it doesn’t.” Hall laughs as he recalls a kid-friendly dessert called the Peanut Butter Panda that rendered being highly inefficient and his servers’ worst nightmare. Besides the management team, it’s the employees at eeZ

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to the traditional pan Asian dishes guests have grown to expect on the menu, the sushi list has grown in large part to guest feedback. Allowing guests to build their own sushi rolls has been a huge hit and you’ll notice several sushi rolls named after patrons (after gaining

that have contributed largely to the restaurant’s success. Several servers and kitchen staff have been with the restaurant since the first day their doors opened—considered a major feat in the restaurant industry. Management has always strived to make their team feel empowered, allowing them to take the guest experience into their own hands and make it the best it can be. eeZ has been a place for many special occasions, becoming a neighborhood joint that the community has really embraced as their own. This quote from Hall says it best: “Fifteen years is a lot of life. We’ve bent, but we’ve never broken.” — By Lara Tumer, Photography by Remy Thurston


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Think Globally, Celebrate Locally Check Out These Earth-Day Events in Lake Norman

Earth Jam in Robbins Park has plenty of activities for the whole family.

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Go on a hike to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.


ednesday, April 22 marks 50 years since the first Earth Day, an observance now known as the planet’s largest civic event. Lake Norman living offers plenty of reasons to love the planet, so we have rounded up your best bets for celebrating locally. Between April 19 and 25, Zootastic Park in Troutman is doing their part for the planet (and your wallet) by offering free admission when you turn in your used animal crates. Less crates in landfills and a free day at Zootastic? That’s a win all around. Zootastic is also letting families plant a tree in

their name with a $10 donation toward the care of the animals in the park. (www.zootasticpark. com, 704. 245.6446). Earth Day on Wed., April 22 is the perfect time to enjoy the abundance of hiking, running and biking options available to Lake Norman residents. Greenways are family-friendly options for easy hiking and biking, and the Lake Norman area offers many choices, with even more in the works. Find everything you need to know about local greenways at www. and Take it up a notch by visiting one of the many trails in

our area for some ecotherapy. Visit for a list of trails in your town. The Town of Davidson Earth Day Festival is planned for Sat., April 25 on the Davidson town green. In partnership with the Davidson Lands Conservancy and in conjunction with the annual Art on the Green event, the Town of Davidson has put together a day of family fun including a visit with a local beekeeper, World of Wondering children’s activities, and the Davidson Parks & Recreation Electric, Light, Fun vehicle. The free event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (,

704.892-3349). As the sun sets, the party continues at Earth Jam, 4-7p.m. at Robbins Park in Cornelius. The second-annual event is hosted by Cornelius PARC, with title sponsor Heartwood Tree Service, LLC and community partner Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. Free “green” activities include arts and crafts, tree planting demos, nature walks, bluegrass music, farmto-table picnic meals and more. (, 704.8926031). — Grace Kennedy

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Bet You Didn’t Know The Under the Lake Lesson Plans Exist for Students of All Ages


A 1965 postcard used by Davidson College’s Alumni Office.

id you know that the Davidson College Archives and Special Collections contains lesson plans to help students explore the history of Lake Norman and the roles it has played in shaping the community? The Duke Energy Foundation provided funding for the project, and five public school teachers, including Celia Arch, Eric Dykes, JoCelyn Roundtree, Carolyn Singleton and Erika Williams helped create the individualized lesson plans.

These plans focus on everything from the nuts and bolts on how the man-made lake was created to the social and economical impact it had on the surrounding towns to calculating the size of the lake and studying how human activities impact the biosphere. The fun thing about these lessons is that while they were initially designed for school use, anyone can browse through them and learn new things about the history of Lake Norman. There are

individualized lesson plans designed for Kindergarten through fifth grades, social studies lessons for middle and high school, math lessons

geared for seventh through tenth grades, and earth and environmental science plans (including those for AP students). — By Renee Roberson APRIL 2020

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A Workout to Remember Fundraiser honors a little girl who made a big impression Clockwise: Brandon, Liz and Grant Mills.

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Proceeds from The Easton Mills Memorial Challenge help fund camp scholarships for children at the Lake Norman YMCA.


aston Mills was a regular at the Lake Norman YMCA. When she bounced into the lobby every morning with her mom, it was hard to tell what was bigger: her ever-present hair bow or her infectious smile. Even though she was only two, she was unstoppable, independent, and always insisting, “I help!” Hearts were broken throughout the community when Easton passed away suddenly on May 5, 2017 from a rare and aggressive brain tumor. The tightknit YMCA community immediately gathered around Easton’s parents, Liz and Brandon, and

her older brother Grant. Daily group workouts at the Y helped Liz get through that first year without her daughter. For the one-year anniversary of Easton’s passing, Liz and her friends planned a special workout in her memory. The idea came up to turn the workout into a fundraiser, and the Easton Mills Memorial Challenge was born. Registration is now open for the third annual Challenge, with proceeds funding camp scholarships at the Lake Norman YMCA. The event will take place at the Y on Sat., April 25, from 8 a.m. until noon with a kids’ workout at 11 a.m., followed by

an after party at Old Town Public House with drinks, kids’ activities and a food truck. “This Challenge is unique in the area,” says Liz Mills. “It’s meant for any adult to participate and feel like they’ve accomplished something incredible, while remembering Easton and sending kids to an amazing camp for the summer instead of being home alone.” The Challenge is a partner workout incorporating high intensity training, cycling, running, and more. Although the event stays fresh each year, there is one section that never changes. “The Easton” is a timed

workout in which the reps add up to 1,007—the number of days Easton was with us. The motto for the Easton Mills Memorial Challenge is “Inspiration and Perspiration.” Between Easton’s “I help” legacy and her family’s determination to turn loss into hope, they’ve got the inspiration covered. The perspiration part is up to the rest of us. — Grace Kennedy, Photos by Lauren Rasor and Tonya Sullivan

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Downloading for Health Check out these apps for recipes, hydration and education


ne way or another most of us are connected to some sort of device with a health and wellness function. Whether you’re tracking your Fitbit steps or learning a new word, there are many apps that can make you feel better mentally and physically. Below are a few of our favorites, including some that you may not traditionally consider a ‘health app’ but we think may be worth your time.


There are quite a few apps that focus on hydration. If you want to keep things simple, consider Water Reminder (Free, offers in-app purchases), which allows you to customize your drink (so, tracks any liquid: water, caffeine, alcohol etc.), reminds you when it’s time for a drink, tracks your consumption, and even creates a daily value chart (nutritional value). There’s also Daily Water Tracker Reminder (Free, offers in-app purchases), and Drink Water Aquarium (Free, offers in-app purchases), which on the surface doesn’t sound too appealing, but essentially the more water you drink the more water goes into the aquarium and the more fish you can collect. We’re in!


When it comes to thinking about food apps, your default may be to think calorie counting. But even some of the heavy hitters like Noom and WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) now offer so many more functions that focus on changing habits and are not just about whatever you’re eating. As a subcategory, we think reciperelated apps belong here too. If you’re looking for something to make healthy cooking easier consider the Food Network Kitchen app, which gives you access to more than 80,000 recipes, cooking classes from some of the station’s stars, and you can even integrate your shopping lists. Your fridge and pantry will thank you for checking it out.


This buzz word is about anything but buzzing. Mindfulness is about taking time to be present in the moment. Whether you’re looking for guided mediation, new yoga poses, or deep breathing techniques, there’s an app for that. Headspace is a favorite among celebrities for its “wake-up” and “move” modes and promises to make you feel happy and less

stressed. Umm, yes please. Others such as #Mindful are a little more low key with daily motivational quotes and serene image notifications. There’s also a lot of great apps for kids that are not lumped in with sleep stories including Calm Kingdom and the somewhat contractionary sounding but nonetheless highly rated Ninja Focus, which is designed to teach compassion, mindfulness and encourage sleep and concentration.


Nothing makes a workout go faster than the right selection of music. Pandora still ranks high with customizable stations and ad-free music options. Not to be outdone, Apple Music comes to you continuously streaming and for a small monthly fee allows you to add unlimited tunes to your library. Of course, there are still the other

biggies including Amazon Music with some sweet deals for Prime members, and Spotify apps.


And finally, nothing puts a pep in your step like knowing what you’re talking about. Whether you’re looking to learn a new word with the Dictionary app or a new language with Babble or HelloTalk, being a confident communicator is just a download away. There are also more insouciant selections such as Daily Random Facts (think things like: “Hawaii is moving toward Japan 4 inches every year” to special interests including Anatomy Quiz and World Map Challenge. *At the time of publication, apps are compatible with most major devices and available at the typical online stores including the App Store, Google Play Store and Samsung Galaxy.

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anet Connor is only eight miles in to running her first 50K trail race when she stops for the unexpected— to pull big balls of cactus from her back and legs. She fell earlier while trying to navigate the uneven terrain and the spurs are a painful reminder that in addition to being a physically demanding pastime, running can have a cruel sense of humor, too. She still has the scars to prove it.

Cactus balls pierced her legs and back after falling during a 50K trail race.

And speaking of cruel, in her first marathon two years ago, Connor recalls with a smile how she spent the first 20 miles

in her pace group trying to dodge the flying elbows and all too close strides of a broadshouldered runner who seemed to be challenged with not only the distance but also respecting personal space, too. “Marathons are hard enough without extra distractions, aren’t they?” she tells me. A short time later she upped the pace and left him behind. Then there was the time she undertook a “running streaker challenge.” “I figured if people walk their dog for ten minutes a day then I could do this,” Connor, a teacher at the Community School of Davidson, explains. “But like so much else in my running, those little unexpected challenges, there were many that came with this, too. Like having to squeeze in runs much earlier or later in the day than I ever thought I could, and like having to borrow castoff soccer clothes and shoes that were almost my size from my school one day just to keep the streak going.” But she did it. At least one mile a day for 365

days. Along her journey, she has also discovered the love of running with a group. “I have always been a casual runner, I love to be outside, and I use exercise to clear my brain,” she tells me as we flip through her overflowing running journal smash book. “But what I have found now, more lately through running, is a sense of community and a sense of belonging that makes it even more enjoyable.” Her need to connect with and find support from other runners came almost two years ago when she added a marathon to her calendar, yes, the one where she ran dodging elbows. On a whim, and never expecting to have her name be chosen, Connor and her cousin entered their names into the lottery for the NYC Marathon. Her name was picked and her cousin’s wasn’t. Unable to train together and fearing the long runs and isolation that come with the distance, she joined a running group.

“I like to joke that I was tricked into running my first marathon, but the reality is I was very daunted,” she shares. “By the distance, very daunted by even the idea of a marathon. I felt like I needed a community of people to help get me through the miles and especially the long runs. Since I’m the type who likes to do things well, I looked to those who were going through the same thing, and those who had been there before, to lead.” Her decision paid dividends. Connor says the connectivity is just one more thing that makes running special. Undertaking a shared challenge. The uncertainty of setting off on a journey you might not have planned. And the opportunity to find something more in yourself when things don’t go as planned. So, if you are looking for a way to get active, perhaps make a change to your daily schedule and discover a way to push and challenge yourself, why not try running? Why not run like Janet?

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f you’ve ever lost a loved one who needed end-of-life care, you’ll appreciate that few things are more valuable than quality of support and compassion. The Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (HPCCR) service area spans 23 counties throughout the Carolinas; they serve more than 2,000 patients each day in the Charlotte Region. Pete Brunnick, HPCCR president and CEO of the organization, says “At HPCCR we pride ourselves in providing excellence in person-centered care for those at the end of life through hospice care, and care for those with chronic health needs through our palliative services.” HPCCR’s Lake Norman presence includes a regional office in Davidson, and an inpatient facility and Levine & Dickson Hospice House, in Huntersville.

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With more than 600 staff members, and nearly 500 volunteers who support the journey of terminally and chronically ill patients, Brunnick says “Our holistic care puts the patient first where the focus is always care your way.” The lake is also home to the Hospice’s biggest fundraisers. Now in their 20th year, The Lake Norman Hospice Regatta runs from Fri., April 24 through Sun., April 26 followed by a gala on Fri., May 8. “Some of our guests support the event because they’ve had an experience with our organization. For others, it’s a great way to learn about our programs and resources we offer our community. Either way, it’s a great time for all,” says Brunnick.

Sailing away The Regatta kicks off with a sailor social on Friday at the Lake Norman Yacht Club, with sailing starting the following day, 9 a.m. The race is open to competitive and noncompetitive sailors and many participants sail in honor of a loved one. Members from local sailing clubs, plus sailors who travel from South Carolina and Georgia attend, and juniors are invited to participate too. At time of publication there are still a few spots left—to register for the regatta, visit: The Regatta Party is held at The Peninsula Club. Dance the night away with cocktails and charitable giving which includes a live and silent auction. Brunnick says, “Through the years, with generous

The Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party is held each year at The Peninsula Club.

sponsors, guests, and the rapid growth of the Lake Norman community, we quickly grew from approximately 75 guests the first year to now an average of 225 party guests, and over 100 sailboats competing.” This year the organization

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ounded in 1985, Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery focuses on dental alveolar surgery, such as tooth extraction and dental implant placement, as well as bone grafting, pathology and dental infection services, and in-office anesthesia and sedation. Dr. Michael Coleman and Dr. Michael Foran stay abreast of the latest in technique and technology, which has proven to be paramount to the practice’s success. “Our practice is mainly an office-based oral surgery practice. We specialize in surgical procedures consisting of extraction of wisdom teeth and other non-restorable teeth, bone grafting, placement of

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halen Dentistry opened its doors 11 years ago with the slogan and mantra, “Experience the Difference.” Ryan Whalen, DDS, explains how visiting the doctor/dentist used to be his least favorite thing, due to appointment time constraints, confusing pricing, and often uninviting environments. He and his team of two office administrators, three dental hygienists, two dental assistants and one furry “dental” dog prioritize their attention on each and every patient and their individual needs. They want their patients to feel at home and like they are visiting family when they come into the office. Whalen Dentistry is a general dental practice that provides top-level preventative, cosmetic and restorative dental services to individuals and families in the Lake Norman community. They want their office to feel different than the typical dentist’s office of the past. To provide convenience to patients, Whalen Dentistry schedules appointments as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 5:30 p.m. They provide tailored financial arrangement options, greet every patient by name (and Beamer’s wagging tail), and go the extra mile to explain dental insurance and coverage because it can often be confusing if you don’t work in the medical field. Patients can expect to relax while watching their favorite show during an appointment, as each room has its own TV, and Dr. Whalen will ensure each patient leaves the office only with a thorough understanding of any treatment options. “We only hire the best talent with the brightest and warmest smiles so that our patients feel comforted knowing they’re in the best hands,” says Dr. Whalen, who attended Virginia Tech for his undergraduate degree and West Virginia University School of Dentistry. “And we have always been focused on state-of-the-art equipment and procedures—making appointments quick and painless, offering same day crowns with CEREC technology, becoming an

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wo years ago, Nate Stewart was in his office at Langtree Charter Academy Upper School, getting ready to start his day as a teacher. Someone stopped to comment on the rugby jersey hanging in his office. What was a simple conversation about a lesser-known sport, sprouted an idea. An idea which would eventually set Langtree Charter apart from other schools in the Lake Norman area. A fierce rugby player himself, Stewart credits his college-playing rugby days with keeping him from going down a destructive path. He loved it so much he went on to serve as President of his college Rugby Club, and vowed to spread this passion wherever he landed as a teacher. This excitement for the game of rugby would fuel Stewart’s idea to start a program at Langtree Charter. Although it’s quite meaningful to him, he wondered how this would translate to North Carolinians who aren’t as familiar with rugby. Turns out, the message was well received.


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The Upper School at Langtree Charter Academy is growing both in the number of students, and the sports programs offered. Like many charter schools focused on growth, there is a demand for more sports programs to attract more students. Langtree needed a sport to add to its roster and Stewart wanted to spread his enthusiasm for rugby. It was a sports marriage made in heaven.

Stewart soon found himself transitioning from Teacher to Coach. He put feelers out to form a rugby team at Langtree. He knew he needed 15 players to make a team but was nervous only a handful of students would be interested. His fears were put to rest when 20 boys showed up for the first tryouts. The boys’ rugby team was born. The interest didn’t stop there. Stewart also knew rugby wasn’t

meant just for boys. He wanted to offer the option to the girls, too. Within two years, the girls’ rugby team was formed and now he’s running a full-blown program at Langtree Charter Academy. Stewart says, “What people don’t realize is you can teach anybody, any walk of life to play rugby.” This is comforting, since many Southerners are unfamiliar with rugby— including most of the parents of the Langtree students.


Parents typically have several questions when it comes to rugby—most notably with safety. After all, rugby can be thought of as a rough and tumble sport. The issue of safety is quickly addressed when Stewart explains the emphasis on safety and form tackling. The male and female athletes are taught to lead with their shoulders, not their heads. Another question is how much playing time their child can expect. With 15 players, it’s important to know “Rugby is a sport for anybody, any athletic caliber and any body type.” This means everyone contributes in their own unique way. Parents may not realize the opportunity for rugby can go beyond the years at Langtree Charter, or any other high school. An abundance of colleges are adding rugby clubs to their sports programs and offering scholarships to high school players. According to Stewart, “The scholarship opportunities are there. The scholarships are up for grabs for any student who’s willing to participate.”

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Beyond the chance to play rugby, Stewart loves providing students a chance to bond through sports. Rugby “teaches them it’s just a sport but it also builds a brotherhood and sisterhood beyond the field.”

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Another benefit to the rugby program is you don’t have to be a student at Langtree to participate on the team. Stewart explained how 25 percent of the Langtree team can include students from other Lake Norman-area

A rugby team is made up of 15 players, 8 players are referred to as the forwards, while the remaining 7 are backs. The object of rugby is to score more points than your opponent within the 80-minute timeframe. Points are scored in 4 ways: a try, conversion, penalty kicks, and drop goals. An English game originally, rugby combines skills of passing, kicking, catching, and tackling. Interestingly, the rules for rugby are the exact same for girls as they are for boys.

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Customized features such as this outdoor fountain made the listing stand out to television producers.


t was the spring of 2019 when Pam Boileau, a broker/realtor for Ivester Jackson Distinctive Properties and Luxury Specialist for Christie’s International Real Estate, received a call from producers of the TV show “Selling Mega Mansions.” They had come across one of her listings in Cornelius as they were searching for luxury properties that were for sale. “Once they had selected their top finalists, they then went deeper into their research . . . additional photography was provided, interviews conducted and scheduling discussed,” says Boileau.


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A home designed for relaxation and meditation The Cornelius estate is situated on over five acres of professionally-manicured lawns, with hidden vignettes and seating areas on the property designed for relaxation and meditation. In 2016, the centerpiece of the estate was added—a massive saltwater infinity pool and spa installed along with a 1900-square-foot outdoor living space. Other distinctive outdoor design elements include a covered oversized “cabana” with a chef ’s kitchen complete with a bar and grilling area and a sport court and croquet lawn, all surrounded by two acres of hardwoods that surround the property. “Selling Mega Mansions” runs on the AWE Channel, and

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Broker Pam Boileau says a massive saltwater infinity pool and spa was added to the property in 2016.

in anticipation of putting an offer in on one. Boileau says the buyers were actually actors, but their broker is officially licensed in Texas. Theoretically, he could not represent buyers in other states, so Boileau walked them through the home, highlighting its many features, since it is actually her listing. The episode ends with the “buyers” deciding which home to make an offer on. In true “scripted” real estate TV programming fashion, they chose the Cornelius home, but Boileau says it remains for sale at this time. Having the property on the show has helped increase interest in the property, including inquiries from other countries. Boileau says this is the first time the show has featured any estate properties in North Carolina and the crew was overwhelmed by the beauty of the Lake Norman area as well as the surrounding communities in the region.


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LKN homes incorporate the elements into build and design Photography provided by Patrick Joseph Distinctive Homes

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Views of the sunrise and sunset from this Mooresville home’s back patio make for a tranquil setting.

Photography provided by Kelly Cruz Interiors

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Interior Designer Kelly Cruz helped design this entertaining space with ample outdoor appliances and seating.

One of the benefits to living on the lake is spaces that bring in the elements.

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“Most people have an inherent need for the outdoors and the fresh air,” says Cruz, who has more than 25 years of design experience under her belt. “We enjoy things like dining alfresco, taking walks and sitting by a fire pit.” She believes that incorporating the basic feng shui principles ( fire, water, earth, wood, metal) are imperative in interior design, because “humans are part of nature and outdoor living provides most if not all of the five elements.” This natural aesthetic came through in a project Cruz completed for a client, who

wanted a space for lakeside meals and entertaining. Appliances were key to the project because the family likes to cook healthy meals on either the grill or the smoker. The covered location is ideal for entertaining but did require a large hood to vent all of the appliances in the space. Cruz also tries to ensure that every space she touches has an overall level of comfort and approachability. She says she and others in the industry are often called upon to create spaces that can be used all year long, with the help of motorized shades, screens and vinyl shades as well as retractable glass doors. Folding glass doors are also more readily available now and can provide protection

from the elements while still offering a view of the outdoors. “Space heaters have also come a long way so enjoying your covered patio in January can be completely expected,” she says.

Maximizing the view

Patrick Joseph Distinctive Homes, which took home several awards in the 2019 LNHBA Best of the Lake Design Competition, recently completed a home off Exit 31 in Mooresville that exemplifies the concept of outdoor life on the lake. The home, located in the Langtree at the Lake subdivision, posed an interesting footprint as the lot it is on doesn’t face any lake views. Instead, the builder


relaxed atmosphere. Amenities such as grills, refrigeration and sinks close at hand. These are just some of the requests Kelly Cruz of Kelly Cruz Interiors hears from her clients when designing outdoor spaces. “Most of my clients want a relaxed atmosphere and a well thought out space to keep them with their guests, not running back and forth into the main kitchen,” she says. Lake Norman is fortunate to have a large variety of homebuilders and interior designers available to help you customize and create the homes and outdoor living spaces you desire.

Bringing natural elements into outdoor spaces

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chose to square the front of the house to the street and turn the back of the home to the premium views. The result is a home with a coastal/ farmhouse look with white siding and stone accents with a cedar shake roof providing extra texture and detail. The views of the sunrise and the sunset off the back patio make for a tranquil and serene setting. Having designed more than 75 waterfront Lake Norman homes, Patrick Joseph Distinctive Homes is skilled on maximizing lake views, says Vice President James Shavoy. “Since we are generally involved from the outset in the design of our customers’ homes, we are able to make nuanced changes to the architecture (rotating the footprint, adjusting room angles, pool and outdoor living

area design and placement) to maximize the views,” he says. “We also have great suppliers that, due to our volume with them, provide great products at a great value.”

When challenges arise When designing spaces in lake communities, there are often challenges that arise, says Shavoy. Space is always at a premium because clients usually want to be as close as they can to the water, and this can make it difficult to fit all the design requests in. “Lake Norman also has very strict shoreline buffer rules that need to be closely followed or the consequences can be severe,” he says. Each project the company embarks upon has a budget that has to be adhered to and sticking with it can

be difficult for some clients. Plus, if the neighborhood has an HOA, the plans need to be reviewed to make sure everything meets their specific guidelines. Shavoy says it is important to tie the look of an outdoor living project in with the overall style of the home. They use top landscape, pool and outdoor kitchen designers to assure a quality design concept. “Then we use the highest quality finish materials like travertine, flagstone, pavers, other stones and pool finishes to enhance the feel and look and tie into similar materials that were used in the house. Finally, we incorporate the same architectural cues into the things like cabanas and pergolas to further unify the outdoor areas with the main house so there are no abrupt style or material transitions.”



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We believe your outdoor living space is an extension of your home, one where the best memories are made. North Carolina’s unique climate allows for this area to be used virtually year round, so it’s important to create an area that is functional and inviting. We make sure that the design matches the character and aesthetic of the home, so that the outdoor area looks like it was made for that specific

with television, audio, lighting, and comfy seating. We create a space that can be used functionally by taking into account flow of traffic, proper size for gathering areas to accommodate your family and guests, type of furniture that will be placed in the design, and even the location of the sun at different times of day for entertaining. Our team will assess and plan out your utility needs for the area so that you have proper lighting, access to electrical

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Jolly Roger Brew is one of the breweries participating in Lakefront Hops Fest.

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p. 62 Learn about the wineries participating in the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival.

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p. 64 Lakefront Hops Fest raises funds for charity p. 65 A healthy waffle recipe to feel good about. p. 66 Pick up old-fashioned ice cream sandwiches from a food truck.

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So Near and Yet So Good Local wine festival shows you don’t have to travel far


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he Lake Norman area is a great place to live, for many reasons. For me, one of the reasons is that we are so close to some great wineries. It always amazes me when, at some wine event, someone asks me, “Are there any wines from North Carolina?” After amazement, up pops amusement. It’s amusing to see the reaction when I explain that, not only do we have wine, the wines are great and the wineries are so easy to get to. I’m talking about the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) which is just a short drive up Interstate 77—and there are no tolls. There’s some serious winemaking going on up there. These are not just a set of hobbyists making wines that are lookalikes of wines from other parts of the country. That would be a daft idea. Wines from the Yadkin Valley AVA are an expression of the soil and climate, the “terroir”—that untranslatable French word which means the “whereness” of a wine. I could go on and on with my comments about wineries and wines, but I think the best way to view Yadkin Valley wines is with an adventure I went on a few years back. I had gotten in touch with one of Paris’ most famous chefs and told him about Yadkin Valley wines. He was more than interested and wanted to host a wine tasting lunch with some of the wines. So, Amy and Michal Helton, owners of Hanover Park Vineyards in Yadkinville, and I hopped on a plane to the City of Light— along with some of their wines. Here, it’s important to note that the chef didn’t simply choose some items off his regular menu for the lunch, he created some special dishes to go with the descriptions of wines I had sent him. A group of us, including the ex-publisher of one of France’s premiere dining guides, sat down for lunch. Into the meal, it got very quiet. Out came the comment, “These are good wines, they are not French, but they are very good. Where is this North Carolina?” The French are extremely chauvinistic about their wine—that comment was a huge compliment. There are numerous examples of winemakers and winery owners making

The Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area is just a short drive up I-77.

every effort to match grapes to terroir so that the best expressions of Yadkin Valley find their way into its wines. At Jones Von Drehle Vineyards and Winery, co-owner, Chuck Jones and winemaker, Dan Tillman, are making wines from the Petit Manseng grape, originating from Jurançon, France. This is a grape rarely found in North Carolina or in the rest of the United States. Jones and Tillman believe it is perfectly suited to their location in Thurmond—a location that was meticulously designed and is meticulously taken care of. At JOLO Winery in Pilot Mountain, owner and winemaker, JW Ray is producing wines from Cynthiana and Chambourcin grapes. Again, he believes

these two little known grapes produce the best expression of his vineyards. As I said, before, I could go on and on about winery after winery. The easiest way to find out for yourself and for your taste buds is to venture up to the 19th Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival. It’s going to be held on May 16th at the Elkin Municipal Park. There will be 26 or more wineries pouring. There will be food and music from The Castaways Band. So near and yet so good. Give it a shot; you might fall in love or, at least your taste buds might. For information about the festival call 336.526.1111 or go to

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raft beer lovers unite for North Carolina Beer Month. April is 30 days of festivals and events throughout the state that celebrate the more 310 breweries and brew pubs, beer makers, and local chefs who pair their fare with beer. As part of the month-long celebrations is the spring 2020 Lakefront Hops Fest April 18 from 3-9 p.m. at LangTree in Mooresville. Lakefront Hops Fest— the only lakefront craft beer festival held in North Carolina—supports Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides an all-expense paid, five-day experience at Walt Disney World for children between the ages of 5-12 who are terminally ill or chronically disabled. In its fifth year, Lakefront Hops Fest is an afternoon of live bands, regional breweries, cider and winer makers, a cigar tent, food vendors, plus a kids zone. The 2019 event raised $12,000 for Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. Local breweries from Mooresville, Cornelius and Huntersville, including the Jolly Roger Brew, King Canary Brewing Co., Primal Brewing Co., Eleven Lakes Brewing, and the new Hoptown Brewing Co. ( formerly Hootenanny Brewing) located in Mooresville will be serving select beers and debuting some spring releases. Look for the limited edition bLIMEy Ale—a pale ale with a touch of lime—from Jolly Roger Brew, and Paddle Session IPA from Eleven Lakes Brewing

Enjoy brews from the Jolly Roger Brew among others at the Lakefront Hops Fest.

to name just a couple select seasonal releases at the festival. Headlining the entertainment stage is 2019 Carolina Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Ryan Trotti. Food vendors from LangTree restaurants will be showcasing menu specialties, and the kids can romp on

bounce houses and enjoy other activities all along the lakefront. “There’s a lot of great beer across North Carolina, but we try to keep things lake focused,” says Shawn Shrader, founder and owner of The Kilted Buffalo. Sponsored by The Kilted Buffalo and Sun Up Cafe, the festival has a mission

to support a local cause as well as support restaurants at LangTree, Shrader says. Lakefront Hops Fest is free to attend, but donations are suggested. Proceeds from food and drinks also benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. Find more beer-centric events across North Carolina for NC Beer Month at

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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Ingredients Makes about five square waffles


1/3 cup (2.5oz/75g) melted butter or extra virgin coconut oil Jill Dahan

2 large organic eggs 1/2 cup (4oz/120ml) nut, oat, coconut, or cows’ milk 1 cup (4oz/115g) oat or whole wheat flour

To serve or decorate real maple syrup or coconut nectar

1 tsp non-aluminum baking powder and 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract

dark chocolate pieces and fresh bananas

1/2 cup (4oz/115g) plain Greek yogurt

fresh cut berries or other fruit and whipped cream or Greek yogurt poached or fried egg and grated tasty cheese

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Waffles may seem like an indulgent, weekend only treat, but with this quick blender recipe you can easily have them as an ‘on the go’ weekday breakfast. Free of sugar, you can feel good sprinkling some dark chocolate over them or top with an egg and cheese combo to create a unique breakfast sandwich after a morning workout. I know what you’re thinking, “Waffles after a workout?” But these are chock full of fiber, protein, and tummysatisfying goodness. After all, waffles are just pancakes with abs!

Heat a waffle maker or iron until hot. (Do not spray with non-stick spray as this will end up ruining your waffle maker). Place butter or oil in the blender with the eggs, yogurt, milk, vanilla and blend on high until thoroughly combined. Add in the flour and baking powder and blend until just combined. Let sit a few minutes to thicken. Brush the waffle iron with a little melted butter or oil. Pour about 1/2 cup of mix in each waffle mold and close to cook. When the light shows they are finished after about 4-5 minutes and they are golden browned and beautifully risen, remove. If using chocolate dot the hot waffles with the chocolate to melt. Top with your favorite toppings. These work great frozen and then toasted on mornings when time is tight. ill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can J learn more about her at To learn more about her nonprofit, Sunninghill Jill Kids, visit

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t can be hard to reinvent something as classic as the ice cream sandwich. Cookies with an Accent co-owner Yuylia Jerome recognizes the challenge of coming to the market with a product that emulates an iconic American dessert. There’s no question that she succeeds at taking this traditional pairing to an entirely new level. The product is simple—soft and chewy, freshly baked cookies that can be enjoyed alone or with one of many organic homemade ice cream flavors. Cookies with an Accent is proof that a little idea can only become a dream come true

through a lot of hands-on hard work and persistence. Juylia and Taylor (her partner and the co-owner of Cookies with an Accent), had discussed the potential of opening a food truck for years, but never had a concrete plan. While traveling to Nashville together it was Juylia’s sweet tooth that drew her to check out a similar concept. They both loved the idea of this irresistible combination.

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apartment kitchen and as a novice baker, Juylia began experimenting with cookie recipes, allowing family and friends to be her unofficial tastetesters. While store-bought ice cream was used during initial recipe development, Juylia soon realized that an “everything from scratch” approach was the only way to truly make a stand-out product. She bought her first ice cream machine along with a stack of cookbooks dedicated to this niche and through tons of testing, landed on a winning recipe. Organic and wholesome ingredients were a priority,

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Co-owner Juylia Jerome with the Cookies with an Accent food truck, which was originally a police truck in Miami, Fla.

The cookies and ice cream aren’t the only part of the business that were built from the ground up. The truck itself deserves a few words, serving as the face of this unique business. Named for its original color, Silver was a Miami police truck once upon a time. When the couple first purchased it, there was absolutely nothing inside except a few holes and old bullet. Taylor

Anytime al fresco With the weather warming up, the truck will be back to normal hours of operation, which are typically Thursday through Sunday from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Social media plays a key role in keeping guests up to date on the latest and greatest when it comes to seasonal flavors, although

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had as much knowledge about the construction of a food truck as Juylia did about baking, but that didn’t stop him. Working nights and weekends, he cut the window, installed plumbing and made Silver feel like a place they could call home. When asked about choosing a truck over a more traditional brick and mortar location, Juylia explains that Taylor had always dreamt of owning a food truck, but that they didn’t actually want it to be mobile. “We wanted to create an atmosphere where people could relax and enjoy—hang out on some picnic tables, sit under café lights, and let their kids run around.”

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which is why she says you can expect only the best on their menu. Everything is made by hand, including the Oreo-like wafers you’ll find in their one-of-a-kind cookies and cream ice cream and the cinnamon chips in their gooey cinnamon roll cookies. Even the dairy products are locally sourced. Grass-fed, hormone, and antibiotic-free milk comes from Homestead Creamery in Wirtz, VA. All of this is rooted in the belief that the better the ingredients, the better the final product.

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114 Gateway Blvd., Unit D Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-663-2085

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14330 Oakhill Park Lane Huntersville, NC 28078 I-77 & Gilead Rd, Huntersville • 704-834-1279

142 Professional Park Drive Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-696-2083

PHC – Lake Norman Family Medicine Timothy A. Barker, MD Heather C. Kompanik, MD Bruce L. Seaton, DO Amanda H. Bailey, DO Sherard Spangler, PA Daniel King, PA-C 357 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-7328

PHC – Sailview Family Medicine Tiana Losinski, MD Courtney Mastor, FNP

206 Joe V. Knox Ave. Suite J Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-4801

PHC – Full Circle Family Medicine James W. McNabb, MD Ann Cowen, ANC-P Jacqueline Swope, FNP 435 East Statesville Avenue Mooresville, NC 28115 • 704-663-5056

PHC – Fairview Family Medicine Golnar Lashgari, MD Jennifer Scharbius, MD

150 Fairview Road, Suite 210 Mooresville, NC 28117 •704-235-0300

PHC - Troutman Family Medicine Amrish C. Patel, MD Amanda Honeychuck, NP Lauren Brannon, NP Denton Mow, PA-C 154 S Main Troutman, NC 28166 • 704-528-9903


Charlotte Gastroenterology and Hepatology John H. Moore, III, M.D. Steven A. Josephson, M.D. Scott A. Brotze, M.D. Michael W. Ryan, M.D. Devi Thangavelu, M.D. Vinaya Maddukuri, M.D. Nicholas R. Crews, M.D.

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PHC –Northlake Digestive Care Carl A. Foulks, Jr., MD Chi Zuo, PA-C

PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose, & Throat Keith Meetze, MD Thomas Warren, MD Herb Wettreich, MD Fred New, Jr., ANP

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021

Internal Medicine PHC – Internal Medicine & Weight Management Manish G. Patel, MD Julie Abney, PA Andrea Brock, PA-C

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001

PHC – Lake Norman Internal Medicine John C. Gatlin, MD LuAnne V. Gatlin, MD 548 Williamson Road, Suite 6 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-660-5520

Stout Internal Medicine & Wellness Dr. Sam Stout Andrea Colvin, NP

Iredell Occupational Medicine Joe Wolyniak, DO

128 E. Plaza Dr., Unit 3 Mooresville, NC 28115 • 980-444-2630

Orthopaedic Surgery Iredell Orthopaedic Center Jason Batley, MD

544 Brawley School Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-0956

PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Scott Brandon, MD Byron E. Dunaway, MD Brett L. Feldman, MD Alex Seldomridge III, MD Kim Lefreniere, PA-C Sherry Dawn Repass, FNP-BC

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829

Orthopedic Surgery – Spine PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Alex Seldomridge, III, MD

444 Williamson Road, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-9310

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1838


Physiatry –Interventional Spine Care

PHC – Neurology & Sleep Medicine Dharmen S. Shah, MD 359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-873-1100

PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD

124 Professional Park Dr, Ste A Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-662-3077

PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD

9735 Kincey Avenue, Ste 203 Huntersville, NC 28078 • 704-766-9050

NeuroSurgery- Spine Iredell NeuroSpine Peter Miller, MD, Ph.D.

544 Brawley School Road 28117 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-954-8277

Obstetrics/Gynecology PHC – Lake Norman OB/GYN James Al-Hussaini, MD Laura Arigo, MD Katie Collins, DO Grant Miller, MD James Wilson, MD Nicole S. Wellbaum, MD Coral Bruss, ANP-C

131 Medical Park Road, Suite 102 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-663-1282

PHC –Govil Spine & Pain Care Harsh Govil, MD, MPH Thienkim Walters, PA-C April Hatfield, FNP-C

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829

Primary Care

Iredell Primary Care for Women Eva Imperial, MD, FAAFP

114 Gateway Blvd, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 980-435-0406

PULMONOLOGY PHC –Pulmonology Enrique Ordaz MD Jose Perez MD Ahmed Elnaggar, MD

125 Days Inn Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-838-8240


PHC – Rheumatology Sean M. Fahey, MD Dijana Christianson, DO

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001


PHC – Wolfe Dermatology Steven F. Wolfe, MD Molly Small, PA-C

PHC – Nabors Family Medicine Emily Nabors, MD

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021

Occupational Medicine

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PHC – Mooresville Dermatology Center Naomi Simon, MD Scott Paviol, MD Kristin Prochaska, PA-C Lauren Wilson, PA-C Gina Noble, PA-C

544 Brawley School Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-5190

PHC –Comprehensive Digestive Care Center Vivek Trivedi, MD Tiedre Palmer, FNP-C

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Have fun fishing with family at “Hooked on Cornelius.”


Pictures with the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt (April 5) Take photos with the Easter Bunny and participate in activities such as balloon twisters, an obstacle course and treats for sale. Free. 1-3 p.m. Holbrook Park, 100 Sherwood Drive, Huntersville,https:// events/827771210997645/

Get your boat checked for safety by experts with America’s Boating Club of Lake Norman.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt (April 11) The Latta Annual Easter Egg Hunt offers egg hunts organized by age groups: 1-3, 4-6 and 7-10 years old. Eggs will be filled with surprises and dozens of special eggs will hold prizes for free family memberships, summer camp discounts, goodie-filled baskets and more. The day includes photo opportunities with Baxter the Bunny, story-time, games and meeting the farm animals. 10 a.m.3 p.m. $8, each child’s egg hunt ticket includes admission for one adult. Please check in at least

15 minutes before your scheduled hunt time. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Hooked on Cornelius (April 25) This family-oriented event offers activities such as fishing, environmental education and arts and crafts. Free. 2-4 p.m. Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, www.cornelius. org.


Davidson Gallery Crawl (April 24) Artists display their work in Davidson’s establishments from historic Main Street over to South Main Street and at the Homewood Suites Circles @ 30. Galleries, businesses and town hall host visiting artists, including some that will be featured at Art on the Green April 24-26. Visitors can ride a trolley to all stops along the Crawl. Refreshments and music

enhance the festivities. 6-9 p.m. Davidson, www. Fiddle & Fire: A Night at the Museum (April 25) Visit the plantation at night under the stars. This special event will include live music, star gazing, a candle-lit tour of the historic Latta home, spirits tastings and marshmallow roasting by the fire, along with other activities. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket, dinner and non-alcoholic beverage of their choice. $25+ per ticket. 6-9 p.m. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,


Vessel Safety Checks with America’s Boating Club of Lake Norman (April 18) Stop by for a Vessel Safety Check, which is a courtesy examination of your boat to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and

Date Night the Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and is a member or the US Power Squadrons or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Free. Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Blvd., Cornelius, https://www.usps. org/localusps/lakenorman/.


Jazz Concert Series (Saturdays in April) Enjoy the sultry tunes of local artists from all over North Carolina and even the United States. Bring a chair, blanket, or even snacks as you enjoy the music. April 4, Sean Higgins Trio; April 11, Lovell Bradford Group; April 18, Holly Hopkins Jazz; April 25, Noel Friedline Quartet. Free. 5-8 p.m. Veterans Park, Main Street and Maxwell Street,

Arturo Sandoval with the Jazz Ensemble (April 21) With his mix of jazz, classical, rock, and traditional Cuban music, Sandoval has been awarded ten Grammy Awards with nineteen nominations, six Billboard Awards, an Emmy Award, and was the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. $10-$28. 8 p.m. Knobloch Campus Center, Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Dido and Aeneas (April 25 and 26) Davidson College Opera Workshop presents thistimeless story of ancient, tragic love betrayed; our Dido and Aeneas will transport you from ancient Rome to the roaring 20s. Join us as we

weave the baroque music of Purcell’s beloved score with the seduction, secrecy, and violence of organized crime during the prohibition era. Free and open to the public but tickets are required by contacting Union Box Office at 704.894.2135. 7:30 p.m. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College,


Cornelius Arts Center 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154,

Family Fun Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, www. Mooresville Arts Gallery The 42nd Annual SpringFest Judged Show & Competition, opening reception Friday, April 17, 6-8 p.m. (Through May) Tue-Fri noon-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

The Van Every/Smith Galleries Senior Studio Art Majors (Through April 26). Senior Studio Art Majors will

Me Time present solo exhibitions in the Smith Gallery throughout the Spring semester. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson,


On Golden Pond (April 17-26) Ernest Thompson’s play turned into an Academy Award-winning film tells the story of Ethel and Norman Thayer who spend each summer at their home on Golden Pond. The play explores the often-turbulent relationship shared by Norman and their daughter, Chelsea, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage. See website for ticket prices. Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. The Green Room Community Theatre, 10 S. Main Avenue, Newton, www.

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Music @ St. Alban’s: Timeline Jazz (April 19) A versatile jazz combo, Timeline Jazz performs standard, Latin, Brazilian, funk, rock, and

original compositions. Seniors 62+, 15; General admission; $20. 3 p.m. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, www.

Girls’ Night Out



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love the outdoors, no two ways about it. One of the things I love most about living in this area is the many ways you can explore outdoors, and that includes the occasional date night with my husband. Here are a few of my favorite ways to decompress around the lake, and I’d like to point out that these are also great ideas for group outings with other friends or couples. Dining al fresco. I couldn’t possibly name all of the restaurants that provide either a view of the water or just a laidback vibe with strings of lights in the trees and greenery. A few of our favorites in Davidson are Kindred, Davidson Wine Co., North Harbour Club and Carrburrito’s. In Cornelius, places like Galway Hooker have an expansive patio, BoatYard Eats lets you grab your choice of food and drink and enjoy live entertainment and Birkdale Village has such a large variety of places to eat and have dessert that you can never go wrong. Places like The Blue Parrot Grill and The Prickly Pear in Mooresville offer a laid-back dining vibe.

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element of the outdoors into the planning.

The view from the back deck at Hello, Sailor.

Outdoor recreation. Having a fun outdoor date can take place during the day or evening. Take a hike anywhere from Lake Norman State Park, your local neighborhood greenway (I’m lucky enough to have one right in my neighborhood) or go horseback riding somewhere like Latta Plantation. Another fun idea is to take a sunset boat ride, whether you own your own boat or not. There are plenty of places where you can rent one for a few hours, and there are even dinner cruises offered by Queens Landing where you can learn more about the history of Lake Norman. Another option? Push some kayaks out on the water and connect directly with nature. If you’re more competitive, take your racket

out to a local tennis court to hit some balls around or try your hand at the courses at LKN Mini Golf. Supporting a cause. Last fall, we attended a fundraiser at Hello, Sailor in Cornelius. We seized it as an opportunity for a fun date night by browsing the items at the silent auction, sampling the cocktails and food spread, and catching up with acquaintances we hadn’t seen in awhile. Because of the giving spirit of the Lake Norman community, you don’t have to look far to find an event to support, whether it’s a group workout challenge like a 5K, silent auction and gala and most places capitalize on our scenic views to bring at least one

Window shop and support local businesses. We’ve spent many an evening simply going out for dinner somewhere like Downtown Davidson, grabbing coffee at Summit and then browsing through the selections at Main Street Books. We’re always happy when we stumble upon live music out on the back

The bar at Davidson Wine Co.

patio behind Summit, or on the evenings where we can sip wine while listening to live music somewhere like Concerts on the Green or Jazz at Veterans Park in Huntersville. When the weather is warmer, we’ve also been known to tell the kids “See ya later!” and simply spend a few hours at local farmers market for a fun and relaxed day date. Think outside of the box and get creative. I’m looking forward to mixing things up a little more in the next few months.


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